Welcome to NZDF

Every hour of every day, 365 days a year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is our goal to maintain well-trained and equipped armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. We work in partnership with many other government agencies helping people and protecting our territory and our oceans. Regular Force, Reservists and Civilians – together we are a Force for New Zealand.


Hercules flies Vietnam War veterans down memory lane

New Zealand Army veterans took a trip down memory lane this week when they flew to Christchurch on the same Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft that flew them to the Vietnam War 50 years ago.


The veterans, former infantry soldiers from the Victor 4 Company that deployed to Vietnam on 8 May, 1969, were accompanied by their families.


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Media Releases

This section offers the latest Defence Force news. We regularly issue statements and background information to the media.

Personnel archives.

Personnel Records and Medals at NZDF Archives

Information about how to apply for military service records and medals from NZDF Archives, what to expect from the files and where to go for further information.

Deployment map.

Overseas Deployments

There are currently around 250 NZDF personnel serving on 11 operations overseas.